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6:31 PM, Oct 17, 2013   |    comments
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A cold frontal boundary brought winter weather to the Rockies and Intermountain West on Thursday, while strong thunderstorms associated with a separate cold front impacted the Ohio Valley.

A ridge of high pressure continued to build over the Pacific Northwest on Thursday as cool, dry conditions persisted throughout the region. The Southwest experienced warmer conditions on Thursday associated with a high pressure system off of the West Coast. Inland deserts experienced midday temperatures in the 80s, while coastal cities recorded midday temperatures in the 60s and 70s.

To the east, a cold front stretched from Colorado to Minnesota, which provided cold, wet weather to a number of states. Light snow showers fell in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, while rainy weather pushed through the Dakotas and Minnesota. Below average temperatures for this time of year also accompanied this system, as Monarch Pass, Colo., recorded a morning low of 14 degrees.

A separate cold front provided showers and thunderstorms to the eastern third of the country on Thursday, as moderate rain impacted the Ohio Valley and neighboring states. Spottier showers moved across the Appalachians and into the Southeast as well. Meridian, Miss., reported a midday total of 0.90 inches of rain, while Benton Harbor, Mich., reported a midday total of 0.88 inches of rain. Very warm, muggy conditions persisted along the Gulf Coast, as Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla., recorded a midday high of 90 degrees on Thursday.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................90 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................96 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................14 Monarch Pass, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-3 Monarch Pass, Colo.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................60 Shemya, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.90 Meridian, Miss.

ON THIS DATE....... Small Hurricane King made landfall in Miami, Fla., on this date in 1950 with sustained winds of over 120 mph and gusts up to 150 mph. Forecasters initially thought the hurricane's intensity had been overestimated, but the storm was so small that it missed key observation points throughout the Florida Straits.

The Associated Press

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